Kathrin Longhurst

Kathrin Longhurst

Contemporary figurative artist Kathrin Longhurst was born in communist East Germany. A classically trained figurative painter, she began attending life drawing classes at the age of fourteen. When she was just fifteen, her family escaped from ‘behind the iron curtain’, relocating to Sweden. This jarring transition from a totalitarian regime to a democracy sparked Kathrin’s passion for exploring the concepts of freedom of speech and expression, concepts that continue to thread through her work today.

Extensive travel provided Kathrin with a unique perspective on the role of women in the media, her more recent works referencing not only communist propaganda but also the power of advertising in our lives under a capitalist system. Her skillfully rendered subjects layer themes of sexuality and freedom, both seducing and challenging the viewer with their ruby lips, luminous bare skin and confronting gaze to illustrate her message that:

‘Propaganda is all around us. It’s not specific to a period of time, a country or a regime…it’s everywhere’.

A well-respected member of the Sydney arts community, Kathrin served as vice president for Portrait Artists Australia for some years and is currently founder and director of the innovative Project 504, an art space that fosters collaboration between emerging and established Australian artists. She completed her tenth solo show in 2014 and has been a finalist in numerous awards including the prestigious 2012 Sulman Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Portia Geach Award, the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, the Korea Australia Arts Foundation Prize and the WA Black Swan Prize. Her work is collected widely in Australia and internationally.


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A Storm is Coming by Kathrin LonghurstA Storm is Coming
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm
We Are Ready by Kathrin LonghurstWe Are Ready
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm
Carried Away by Kathrin LonghurstCarried Away
Oil on Linen
150 x 150 cm
Open by Kathrin LonghurstOpen
Oil on Linen
90 x 90 cm
Set My World On Fire by Kathrin LonghurstSet My World On Fire
Oil on Linen
90 x 90 cm
Talk Is Cheap by Kathrin LonghurstTalk Is Cheap
Oil on Linen
90 x 90 cm
Drifting by Kathrin LonghurstDrifting
Oil on Linen
120 x 120 cm
Awaken by Kathrin LonghurstAwaken
Oil on Linen
90 x 90 cm
Deliverance by Kathrin LonghurstDeliverance
Oil on Linen
90 x 90 cm
Should have known better by Kathrin LonghurstShould have known better
Oil on Linen
90 x 90 cm
Crossroads by Kathrin LonghurstCrossroads
Oil on Canvas
150 x 150 cm
Shining Star by Kathrin LonghurstShining Star
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm
Beautiful Boy by Kathrin LonghurstBeautiful Boy
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm
Kai by Kathrin LonghurstKai
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm
The Little Doll by Kathrin LonghurstThe Little Doll
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm
Young Boxer by Kathrin LonghurstYoung Boxer
Oil on Canvas
180 x 180 cm